The North Queensland Toyota Gold Stars will head into their third QRLW season boasting eight NRLW contracted players, six NRL All-Stars and a squad full of homegrown talent.
The squad of 30, which includes 14 women from Townsville, 12 from Mackay and four from Cairns, will open their regular season on Sunday, March 27 against the Tweed Seagulls at Piggabeen Sports Complex.
With an average age of just 23, five players are still available for selection in the under 19 Women’s National Carnival later this year.
More than 40% of the 30-woman squad identify as Indigenous, including 2022 All-Stars Jasmine Peters, Rhiannon Revell-Blair, Tahlulah Tillett, Shaniah Power and Sarah Field.
North Queenslanders will get plenty of opportunities to watch the Gold Stars in 2022, with a game each in Cairns and Mackay and three in Townsville, including two Cowboys curtain raisers at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Round 2 (March 19) and Round 7 (April 23) of the NRL Premiership.
Rangimarie Edwards-Bruce (NRLW - Newcastle Knights)
Katie Green (NRLW - Newcastle Knights)
Emma Manzelmann (NRLW - Newcastle Knights)
Lauren Moss (NRLW - Gold Coast Titans)
Theophelia Nona Mosby
Jasmine Peters (NRLW - Gold Coast Titans)
Shaniah Power (NRLW - Gold Coast Titans)
Romy Teitzel (NRLW - Newcastle Knights)
Tahlulah Tillett (NRLW - Newcastle Knights)